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illiterate

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of illiterate

  1. 1 violating approved patterns of speaking and writing most of the messages left on the Web site's bulletin board are illiterate Synonyms of illiterate ungrammatical Words Related to illiterate unidiomatic; nonstandard, substandard Near Antonyms of illiterate idiomatic Antonyms of illiterate grammatical

  2. 2 lacking in education or the knowledge gained from books offered menus with pictures, presumably for the many illiterate people who must eat there Synonyms of illiterate analphabetic, benighted, dark, ignorant, nonliterate, rude, simple, uneducated, uninstructed, unlearned, unlettered, unread, unschooled, untaught, untutoredWords Related to illiterate functionally illiterate, innumerate, semiliterate, unknowledgeable; artless, lowbrow, philistine, uncultivated, uncultured; callow, green, inexperienced, innocent, naive (or naïve); unsophisticated; raw, unskilled, untrained; brainless, dumb, idiotic (also idiotical), imbecile (or imbecilic), moronic, stupid, witless; foolish, senseless, sillyNear Antonyms of illiterate brilliant, intelligent, smart; experienced, expert, trained; erudite, learned, polyhistoric, polymath (or polymathic), scholarly; cultivated, cultured, highbrow, intellectual; sophisticated; acquainted, aware, familiarAntonyms of illiterate educated, knowledgeable, lettered, literate, schooled, well-informed, well-read

Synonym Discussion of illiterate

ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing.
    • an ignorant fool
    • ignorant of nuclear physics
illiterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write.
    • much of the population is still illiterate
unlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading.
    • an allusion meaningless to the unlettered
untutored may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization.
    • strange monuments built by an untutored people
unlearned suggests ignorance of advanced subjects.
    • poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses


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